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117 Days of James Patterson – Day Twenty

Day Twenty, Chapter Twenty
So Marcus Dowling – who, if you recall, might have suffered a heart attack in Chapter 12 (JESUS CHRIST! Marcus Dowling was dying) – is apparently alive and offering a $50,000 reward for info leading to the arrest of his wife’s killer. (Either he was having a “stress attack” or “maybe he was acting.”)

Is he jamming us up with wacko tipsters so we can’t work the case?

Lindsay “assess(es) the horizontal grooves that had appeared overnight on Jacobi’s forehead.”  Jacobi calls a meeting:

Jacobi pulled a chair into the center of the bull pen, straddled it, and called the squad to attention.

Ah, so its that kind of meeting.

I was struck again by how crappy he looked. Jacobi is a veteran of the force: he’s served roughly twenty years in Homicide, a survivor of both physical attacks and life’s vicisitudes. So what was so special that it was bothering the hell out of him?
(I actually laughed out loud when I read that last part. And James, you get a Triple Word Score for “vicisitudes.”)  The squad gives rundowns of their cases: Detective Chi, “five feet eleven inches of canny braniac” is working the WCF case & still hasn’t read the front cover of this book to figure out what that means. He’s been busy looking through the phone book for names with those initials. Nice work, braniac. Lindsay then steps “next into the buzz saw” and offers up “the whole nine yards of the nothing” they have on the Dowling murder. Your tax dollars hard at work.

Jacobi nodded, then he dropped the bomb.

Man, alright, meeting adjourned.  Damn.
Go to Day Twenty-One.


3 comments on “117 Days of James Patterson – Day Twenty

  1. aaryn b.
    May 18, 2010

    Ooooooooh. That's what those things are??? Vertical grooves??

    And the picture? REALLY?
    I think my vagina just shriveled up and died.

  2. Anonymous
    May 19, 2010

    argggggggg….I just read all of the posts through day 18 and now I have to wait and read it EVERY day? hmmm something to contemplate for sure. Thanks for making me laugh out loud (NOT LOL) lol….love your comments a whole lot more than the storyline, as if I have to explain that. I agree about the pictures aaryn b – I'm as eager to read your comments as I am the next chapter – no offense Seth. Maybe I'll just wait 15 days and read all at once – how long could it take, really? Oh, that's right – YOU are a writer – so probably triple the amount of time it would take to actually read JP's book?!!! Loving the entertainment – carry on.

  3. Reggie Style
    May 21, 2010

    To look up all the names in the phone book with the initials WCF would takes days. . .oh wait. . .the phone book is alphabetical. It would take about as long as it takes to read a James Patterson chapter. In other words, MORE TIME THAN IT IS WORTH. Oh snap!!!!

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